South Australia has a new Director of Mental Health Services.
Health Minister Lea Stevens has announced prominent NSW psychiatrist, Dr Jonathan Phillips, has been appointed to the key role after an extensive national and international search.
"Dr Phillips is a highly-respected clinician, teacher and administrator and I consider it to be a tremendous coup for South Australia to recruit someone of his calibre," the Minister says.
"He will have the vital job of implementing the Government’s reforms of the mental health system, and continue the work of the late Dr Margaret Tobin.
"Dr Phillips has an impeccable CV. He was President of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) between 2000 and 2001 and was closely involved with the mental health reform process. He was instrumental in developing a strong focus on rural mental health and the needs of disadvantaged people during his presidency.
"He has demonstrated strong leadership in psychiatry and medicine in general as Chairman of the Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC), a member of the Australian Medical Council and Chairman of the Specialist Medical Review Council."
"Dr Phillips is leaving his current position as a consultant psychiatrist working in private practice in Sydney and will begin work in South Australia in August.
"I look forward to working with Dr Phillips as we continue the mental health reform process. The Rann Labor Government has made mental health a priority and is committed to providing the best possible mental health services for the people of this State," Ms Stevens says.